Zip it, short arse.
I shouldn’t say things like that, I’ll get my 6ft+ frame in trouble. It’s easy for me to look down on the world from my ivory tower. And I shouldn’t because it turns out those lower to the ground can be triggered by their insecurities of being all the way down there.
Researchers from the Center of Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, questioned 600 men aged between 18 and 50 on the perception of male gender, self-image and behaviour in relation to drug-taking, violence and crime.
Those who felt less masculine were more at risk of committing violent or criminal acts.
The study brief states:
These findings suggest that gender role discrepancy and associated discrepancy stress, in particular, represent important injury risk factors and that prevention of discrepancy stress may prevent acts of violence with the greatest consequences and costs to the victim, offender and society.
In another study, scientists found height can effect people’s quality of life – with the those on the shorter side of the spectrum at risk of increased reports of negative feelings like incompetence, dislikability and inferiority. On top of that, levels of mistrust, fear and paranoia can be heightened.
Scientists from Oxford University recruited 60 women – who had, admittedly, reported feelings of paranoia – and put them in virtual reality headsets and took two virtual rides on the London Underground, surrounded by CGI commuters, The Guardian reports.
While most participants noticed something strange about one of the trips, few realised the difference between the two journeys. One was taken with their point of view lowered 30cm by scientists.
Participants were asked to fill out two questionnaires before and after the virtual journeys. One measured how they felt compared to others in terms of feeling more or less talented, or more or less attractive. The second measured a paranoia score by asking them to rate statements like ‘someone had it in for me’ on a scale of one to five.
Social comparison scores fell from seeing the world from closer to the ground.
Daniel Freeman, a professor of clinical psychology who led the study, said:
When you are lower down than normal, it makes you feel more inferior to other people, and that I think makes you feel more vulnerable, and that’s what leads you to see hostility where there isn’t any.
You see, it’s not so bad down there. It’s not like it’s any better up here.
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Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.